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EM 2024 draw: Germany meets Scotland in the opening game – an overview of the groups

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Germany meets Scotland in the opening game – an overview of the groups

Status: 02.12.2023 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Lucky draw for Germany – these are the national team’s group opponents

The German national team was drawn into a feasible group. National coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team will face Scotland, Hungary and Switzerland in the preliminary round of the European Championships in their own country.

The groups were drawn to the 2024 European Football Championship in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. The German team was lucky and got into an easy group. The opening game already promises to be atmospheric.

The German national soccer team will play in the group phase of the 2024 European Championships at home against Scotland, Hungary and Switzerland. This was the result of the celebratory draw on Saturday in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. The Scots will be the opening opponents of national coach Julian Nagelsmann’s DFB selection in the Munich Arena on June 14th, who was unable to travel by plane to the draw in the north due to the onset of winter in the south.

The national team will play against Hungary on June 19th in Stuttgart, and the German finale of the group phase will be against the Swiss on June 23rd in Frankfurt/Main. The two group winners and the four best third-placed teams reach the round of 16, where Germany could face Spain or England. The goal of all teams is the final in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on July 14th.

“We are not in a situation where we underestimate any association. “Everyone qualified,” said Rudi Völler quite diplomatically. “But of course our goal is to advance to the next round,” emphasized the DFB sports director. Nagelsmann didn’t put it any differently. “This is not a group of death, but there are no really bad opponents,” said the national coach.

The six groups for the 2024 European Football Championship in Germany were drawn in Hamburg

Source: dpa/Christian Charisius

“This is an interesting group in which we obviously want to assert ourselves,” added Nagelsmann. The 36-year-old left vague possible drastic measures for the test matches in March, with which he wanted to get the DFB team back on the road to success. The draw is “not the right framework” for announcing these ideas.

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Nagelsmann’s selection is again in a low mood after the disappointing November games against Turkey (2:3) and in Vienna against Austria (0:2). The preparations for the European Championship will not continue until March, with test matches against the Netherlands and France. “The truth will come in the summer,” Völler said on Friday.

Nagelsmann had major problems getting there because of the heavy snowfall; all flights at Munich airport were canceled. The 36-year-old got into the car that morning and made it to Hamburg on time. However, his assistant coaches Benjamin Glück and Sandro Wagner did not travel.

Arrived in Hamburg on time: DFB team director Rudi Völler and Julian Nagelsmann (right), who came by car

Quelle: Getty Images/Alexander Scheuber

Völler and association president Bernd Neuendorf had already arrived in Hamburg before Saturday as important representatives of the European Championship hosts. During the one-hour gala, star tenor Jonas Kaufmann and star violinist David Garrett performed in the concert hall; the drawing of the tickets lasted about 20 minutes.

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The EM groups at a glance

Group A: Germany, Hungary, Scotland, Switzerland

Group B: Spain, Albania, Croatia, Italy

Group C: England, Denmark, Slovenia, Serbia

Group D: France, Austria, Netherlands, Poland/Wales/Finland/Estonia

Group E: Belgium, Romania, Slovakia, Israel/Bosnia/Iceland/Ukraine

Group F: Portugal, Türkiye, Czech Republic, Georgia/Greece, Kazakhstan/Luxembourg

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